M. Marta Guarna, Ph. D.

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Research Scientist

Research and outreach on honey bee health and pollination with BC and AB migratory colonies. Honey bee queen fertility, gut microbiome, infection diseases.

Current research and/or projects

- Microbiome and 'omic tools for assessing honey bee health. AAFC – Genome Canada  collaboration

- NGS of Bees and Pollen for Biosurveillance of Agricultural Pathogens and Invasive Species. AAFC – CFIA collaboration

- Blueberry Pollination and Bee Health. Stakeholder funded

- Honey bee queen health and fertility. Local production of honey bee queens in Canada

Professional activities / interests

- Chair, Research Committee, Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA)

- Supervision and mentoring of Post-doctoral Researcher, Research Assistant and students

Education and awards

 

- PhD, New York University, Biology Department

- Biochemistry, University of Buenos Aires, Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry

Key publications

  1. MacInnis C, Guarna MM, Luong LT, Pernal SF (2022) Three’s a crowd: How honey bees respond to infection with Lotmaria passim and Nosema ceranae. 2022 American Bee Research Conference, 13-14 Jan 2022. (Virtual Meeting) Bee Culture (in press).

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  2. Bixby M, Payne A, Polinsky M, Guarna MM, Rangel J. (2022) The Impacts of Covid-19 on Beekeeping Operations in Canada and the United States. American Bee Journal February 2022 Vol. 162 No. 2

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  3. Vishwakarma S, Mesina L, Lam K, Ryabov M, Lansing L, Chen G, Guarna MM, Ortega Polo R. BeeBiome.info: a portal for increasing the accessibility of bee microbiome data. North America Bee Research Conference – virtual; Jan 13 – 14, 2022.

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  4. Cunningham MM, Tran L, McKee CG, Ortega-Polo R, Newman T, Lansing L, Griffiths JS, Bilodeau GJ, Rott M, Guarna MM. Bee-based environmental biomonitoring of pesticides, pollutants, and pathogens. North America Bee Research Conference. Virtual, Jan 13-14, 2022

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  5. Gladish DW, Rott ME, Guarna MM, Pernal SF, Griffiths JF, Bilodeau GJ (2022) Evaluation of plant-pollinator ecosystem health and rapid detection of plant and bee pathogens by high-throughput sequencing of European honey bee (Apis mellifera). Tri-Society Virtual Conference: Canadian Phytopathological Society, Canadian Society for Horticultural Science, Canadian Society of Agronomy, 2021, 5-9 July 2021 Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology (in press)
    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/epub/10.1080/07060661.2021.2009254?needAccess=true

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  6. Cunningham, M.M., Tran, L., McKee, C.G., Ortega Polo, R., Newman, T., Lansing, L., Griffiths, J.S., Bilodeau, G.J., Rott, M., Marta Guarna, M. (2022). Honey bees as biomonitors of environmental contaminants, pathogens, and climate change, 134 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2021.108457

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  7. Bixby MEF, Polinsky M, Scarlett R, Higo H, Common J, Foster LJ, Zayed A, Hoover SE, Guarna MM. (2021) Impacts of COVID-19 on Canadian Beekeeping. Entomology 2021, 69th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, 31 Oct - 03 Nov, Denver, CO, hybrid meeting proceedings

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  8. Tran L, Newman T, Cunningham M M, Lansing L, Gregoris A, Ortega Polo R, Guarna MM (2021) DNA sequencing approaches for gut microbiome analyses of highbush blueberry-pollinating honey bees (Apis mellifera). Entomology 2021, 69th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, 31 Oct - 03 Nov, Denver, CO, hybrid meeting proceedings

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  9. Cunningham M M, Tran L, McKee C, Newman T, Gladish DW, Lofano AK, Bilodeau GJ, Rott M, Guarna MM (2021). Honey bees as environmental biomonitors of pathogens and contaminants. Entomology 2021, 69th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, 31 Oct - 03 Nov, Denver, CO, hybrid meeting proceedings

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  10. Bixby M, Polinsky M, Scarlett R, Higo H, Common J, Hoover S, Foster LJ, Zayed A, Cunningham M, Guarna MM. (2021) Impacts of COVID-19 on Canadian Beekeeping: Survey Results and a Profitability Analysis, Journal of Economic Entomology. toab180, https://doi.org/10.1093/jee/toab180

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  11. Bixby MEF, Polinsky M, Guarna MM. (2021) Impacts of Covid-19 on Canadian Beekeeping in 2020: Part 2, Hivelights Fall 2021, 34(4): 23-24 https://honeycouncil.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Hivelights-Fall-2021.pdf

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  12. Tran, L., Newman, T., Lansing, L., Gregoris, A., Ortega Polo, R., Guarna, M.M. Analysis of sample types and sequencing methods for optimal characterization of the honey bee (Apis mellifera) gut microbiome. Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology, 25-30 July 2021 (virtual meeting)

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  13. Bixby MEF, Polinsky M, Guarna MM, Impacts of Covid-19 on Canadian Beekeeping in 2020: Part 1, Hivelights Summer 2021, 34(3): 25-28 https://honeycouncil.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Hivelights-Summer-2021.pdf

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  14. Tran, L., Medici de Mattos, I., Ortega Polo, R., Cunningham, M., Simko, E., Guarna, M.M. Gut microbiome response to protective treatments against Nosema sp. Infection in the honey bee (Apis mellifera) gut microbiome. World Microbe Forum, 20-24 June 2021 (virtual meeting)

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  15. Guarna MM and CAPA members (2020) Research Report on Canadian Apicultural Projects. Prepared for CAPA: Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists. 21 December 2020. 20 pages.

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  16. Thebeau J, Wood S, Liebe D, Sobchishin L, Kozii I, Klein C, Medici de Mattos I, Zabrodski M, Roulin M, Debruyne J, Moshynskyy I, Sharafi M, Gerbrandt E, Milbrath M, Guarna MM, Wolf Veiga P, Simko E. (2020) In vitro effects of fungicides on the susceptibility of Honeybee (Apis mellifera) larvae to European foulbrood. Entomology 2020, 68th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, virtual meeting. 11-25 November 2020.

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  17. Gregoris A, Higo H, Wolf Veiga P, Ibrahim A, Common J, Pernal SF, Foster LJ, Bixby M, Guarna MM. (2020) European foulbrood may affect availability of honey bee colonies in pollination-deficient blueberry farms. Entomology 2020, 68th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, virtual meeting. 11-25 November 2020.

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  18. Bixby, M., Hoover, S.E., McCallum, R., Ibrahim, A., Ovinge, L., Olmstead, S., Pernal, S.F., Zayed, A., Foster, L.J., Guarna, M.M. (2020). Honey Bee Queen Production: Canadian Costing Case Study and Profitability Analysis. Journal of Economic Entomology, [online] 113(4), 1618-1627. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jee/toaa102

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  19. Ortega-Polo R, Vishwakarma S, Tran L, Gregoris A, Guarna MM (2020) A reproducible workflow for amplicon-based microbial community analysis using the drake R package. Bioinformatics Community Conference. 19-21 July 2020, virtual meeting. https://bcc2020.github.io/

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  20. Ortega Polo, R., Gregoris, A., Tran, L., Vishwakarma, S. & Guarna, M. M. Evaluation of the impact of sequencing depth and choice of bioinformatics methods in the taxonomic and functional profiling of the honeybee (Apis mellifera) microbiome. 28th Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology. Virtual conference. July 13-16, 2020

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Research facility

6000 C and E Trail
Lacombe, AB T4L 1W1
Canada

Expertise

Affiliations

- Adjunct Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of British Columbia

- Member of BCHPA (BC Honey Producers Association), ESA (Entomology Society of America), CAPA (Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists)

Language

English

Other languages

Spanish